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Leeds Carnegie in points romp
Leeds Carnegie 64, Ealing Trailfinders 3
Leeds Carnegie climbed to fourth in the Greene King IPA Championship tonight after a 64-3 home win against Ealing Trailfinders.
Leeds ran in nine tries, including two for full back Stevie McColl, and Alex Lozowski landed eight kicks from nine attempts.
Other try-scorers were Craig Hampson, Josh Griffin, Jacob Rowan, Ryan Burrows, Jonah Holmes, Joe Graham and Lozowski.
Leeds boss James Lowes made just two changes to the side that had won at Bedford six days earlier, with Pete Lucock and Chris Walker coming into the starting line-up.
Visitors Ealing have endured a baptism of fire since their promotion, having conceded 154 points in their first three games, and few gave them much hope of reversing those fortunes at Headingley Carnegie.
The visitors, who have been promoted five times in 14 years, gave a good account of themselves on defence on attack. However, their downfall was the set-piece.
They were constantly penalised at the scrum, leading to them replacing tight-head Conor Carey, only for his replacement Tim Brockett to be sin-binned at the next scrum because of repeated team infringements.
Leeds produced a clinical display in the first half which, while not prolific, was enough to suggest they could move up a couple of gears when required.
The home side opened the scoring after just two minutes when fly half Lozowski broke through in midfield. The ball was retained and moved along the back line before McColl crossed for his second try in as many games.
Lozowski added the conversion and then kicked a penalty from the halfway line after Ealing put their restart out of play on the full.
Ealing finally managed to get a foothold in the game after that and got off the mark with a penalty from fly half Andy Hall but that was as close as they came to mounting a fightback.
Craig Hampson showed good awareness to go over from close range for his second try of the season following good work by the forwards, and then Oli Goss, Holmes and McColl combined again to open up the Ealing defence and give Griffin the try. Lozowski converted both tries to make it 24-3.
The home side then secured the try bonus point in the final minute of the half. With Ealing reduced to 14 men, Leeds kept the ball tight in the forwards and eventually skipper Rowan showed great strength to stretch out and score. Lozowski adding the conversion to give his side a 31-3 lead at the break.
With such a gulf in the scoreline, it was perhaps inevitable that the game would lose some momentum after the break.
Leeds continued to enjoy the vast majority of possession but a combination of tenacity in defence from Ealing and Carnegie losing the ball at key times meant the score remained as it had at half time for the first quarter.
However, as the game continued, Leeds put the visitors to the sword and produced some fantastic finishing to make their dominance count on the scoreboard.
The onslaught was started by man of the match Burrows, who took the ball close to the line from a free-kick and bumped off three would-be tacklers to score.
Winger Holmes continued his impressive start to the season with a third try of the campaign. He had a slice of luck in the build up as James Doherty's pass wide was knocked down by Ealing winger Chris Kinloch but it fell straight into the path of Holmes, who raced clear to score.
The forwards were not to be out done and they produced the seventh try with an eight-man shove from a line-out that saw hooker Graham touch down.
Lozowski converted all three tries but then missed his first goal of the night, ironically from his own try.
The score was created by a fantastic run by Holmes down the wing, who powered through attempted tackles before offloading to the fly half to score his side's eighth try.
The night was completed as it had started with a McColl try. The full back kicked ahead on halfway and raced through to dribble the ball ahead and dive on it between the posts.
Lozowski kicked the conversion to make the final score 64-3.
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